Thursday, March 06, 2014

REWIND REVIEWS: Backtrack For Guggenheim's Flash, And 2000AD Flavours Tales Of Suspense

Right now I'm rolling through my longboxes that are probably in need of a decent cull. While these issues probably aren't deserving of their own post, here's a couple of hits from the longbox that might help your spare change find a home next time you are at the back issue bin.

THE FLASH #10 W) Marc Guggenheim A) Paco Diaz

Back in 2007, after both Geoff Johns and Mark Waid had jumped off their respective runs on DC's The Flash, so to did many fans. Boy would they kick themselves if they could grab these issues, because even though the title had gone from hit of the company to joke of the industry, writer Marc Guggenheim wrote the hell out of a bad situation and it was worth sticking around for.

Wally West, Linda and their super-accelerated aged kids had left the book, and Impulse was now running in the golden boots. Like Speedsters were like to do, Bart Allen has enrolled in Police Academy (not that one), and with his class given their first cold case, Bart brings the detective work back to this title, right down to refusing to belief one of his inherited rogues is responsible.

While the rogue in question isn't a killer in my book, it's great to see the lengths Bart goes to to avoid thinking that it is he that is responsible. With denial raging in the present, the scene that amps everything is Zoom watching Rome fall in the ancient past. As a mysterious figure strikes a deal with Flash's arch rival, both return in time to see Bart finally confront the truth at hand. When the 'hooded figure' removes said hood, gun loaded, familiar face revealed, it turns downright lethal. *****

TALES OF SUSPENSE (Tribute One-Shot) W) James Robinson A) Colin MacNeil

One of a series of three painted prestige one-shots, saluting the titanic titles of Marvel's past, Tales of Suspense is a team-up / split book title Marvel could easily bring back, and even though this comic was released in the 90's, it is still perfect proof why.

Unknowingly both recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man and Captain America put aside their recent differences and opposing perspectives to foil the goals of terrorist cell Dante, before their armoured warriors who mix Sleeper and Iron Man tech can carry out their plans.

A well known artist to fans of 2000AD, MacNeil sets the espionage mood here, as well as the grit and determined Steve Rogers and the sheer size and bulk of Iron Man. 

Robinson, who has just struck Cap again in the pages of The Invaders gives the issue its soul by providing the best insight you'll ever read of how two of comics biggest icons in modern times actually do see, think and admire each other. As Dante's plot crosses borders, business and politics, then twists towards the terrorists actual goal, this issue proves why this duo done right has founded the adventures of The Avengers for so many years. *****

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